• February 23, 2024

‘ER’ stars, including George Clooney, talk pranks, possible reboot

“IS” apparently it wasn’t the right recipe for it George ClooneyHome life lately.

Clooney, the Dr. Doug Ross played in the first five seasons of the NBC Medical Drama in the 1990s, joined Julianna Margulies (Nurse Carol Hathaway) and over a dozen other “ER” colleagues including Noah Wyle (Dr. John Carter), Anthony Edwards (Dr. Mark Greene) and Laura Innes (Dr. Kerry Weaver) on Thursday for a fun two hour time YouTube conversation Raise money for a global clean water campaign Earth Day.

The two-time Oscar winner announced that his wife, Amal Clooney, is watching reruns of the NBC hit drama, and it has been “a catastrophe for me because I forget all the terrible things I did as Dr. (Doug) Ross have”. a well-known player who eventually merged with Hathaway.

“My wife goes on, ‘Is that it? Are you finished? Season 3, are you moving out with Sister Hathaway?’ And I say, “Yeah, I think so.” It was like: Don’t! It was a disaster for my marriage, “he joked during the Remote Cast Cast Reunion on Thursday.

Career boost:George Clooney in his TV series “Catch-22” and the “life changing” experience of “ER”

Aside from the actor’s marital “sufferings”, the discussion centered on the groundbreaking nature of medical drama, memories of pranks on the set (many of which were written by Clooney), and much mutual partying.

The reunion that took place as part of the “Stars in the house” A series of celebrity gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic were designed to raise funds for Water Keeper Alliance, a group that supports grassroots efforts to make clean water available around the world. Stars in the House is home to Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who created the live stream series that is being raised for the money The Actors Fundled the discussion on the busy emergency room at a Chicago hospital.

Gloria Reuben, who played Medical Assistant Jeanie Boulet and is President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, organized the event. Other participants were Ming-Na Wen (Dr. Jing-Mei Chen), Goran Visnjic (Dr. Luka Kovac), Laura Cerón (Nurse Chuny Marquez), Conni Marie Brazelton (Nurse Connie Oligario) and CCH Pounder (Dr. Angela Hicks) . , with Alex Kingston (Dr. Elizabeth Corday) broadcasting a video message.

George Clooney, right, seen with his wife Amal Clooney at a premiere in 2019, says Amal is watching

So many cast members took part that due to the limited number of people who could appear on screen at one time, they had to appear in separate groups to remember a series that ran from 1994 to 2009.

Everyone was happy to see each other. When Visnjic showed up, Edwards remarked, “Well, someone hasn’t aged.”

Clooney, still very handsome but a lot grayer than when he was at County General Hospital, fell into self-contempt and said, “I’m like ‘That (picture) of Dorian Gray’ to all of you. I’m getting old. You look tall. ”

Julianna Margulies, seen in a picture from her critically acclaimed drama

When Wen, Edwards, and Innes talked about their now grown children, Clooney, father of three-year-old twins, noted the passage of time differently: “Here’s some fun. I’ll be 60 in about 10 days. So (beep) you guys all! “

The cast were happy with the series that had been completed and saw no new start for “ER” in sight – “You can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice,” said Margulies. However, Wyle said the television could use another “ER” -like broadcast to address health issues, including the inequality raised during the pandemic.

“We went on the air in 1994 when Bill Clinton wanted to rejuvenate the health industry. We were on a national conversation about what health care would be like in America,” he said. A contemporary “ER” “would be an interesting show to see.”

Further highlights:

• • Sister Hathaway’s resurrection to the regular series after her character’s death in the pilot: “I really think the only reason my character was alive was the way they shot her when they overdosed on the stretcher,” said Margulies. “The way (as the cameraman pointed out) that all of the eyes suddenly exalted my character because everyone you cared about on this show was about that person. That really helped keep me there.”

Dr.  Mark Greene (Anthony Edwars) (left), Dr.  Doug Ross (George Clooney), Dr.  John Carter (Noah Wyle) and Dr.  Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle) were four of the medical professionals who worked at the County General Hospital in Chicago on NBCs

• • Practical jokes on the set: The show would film newborns with real babies, but the cast rehearsed with an expensive, lifelike baby doll. The actors would scare the babies’ parents before filming with their children, Clooney said.

“Every time the parents sat there holding their babies on the set, we would do the test and drop the baby (doll) just to see their reactions,” he said.

Wyle added, “This was before we were parents. This was when we (idiots) were.”

Gloria Reuben, seen as a nurse Jeanie Boulet in

• • Groundbreaking character stories: The actors said “ER” was pioneering the treatment of important medical and social issues, including Ruben’s Boulet being HIV positive.

“It literally saved lives. People (to this day) are grateful and grateful that they removed the stigma. Jeanie Boulet treated it with such strength, grace and dignity. (That is) a role that I am proud of will be the rest of my life, “said Ruben.

• • The time Tarantino directed: When Quentin Tarantino made a detour from filmmaking to “ER,” he found a way to ensure he could put his own stamp on the episode, Margulies said.

“He was such a big fan of the show. He only made one recording so they had no choice but to edit it. We rehearsed, rehearsed, rehearsed and then recorded. He says, ‘Good. Let’s move on , ‘ ” She said. “I said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said, “It will be my cut no matter what.” “”


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